Statement of Estonian entrepreneurs: the green transition must become a political and social priority
More than sixty Estonian entrepreneurs signed the statement, which encourages the government, political parties, and the media to make the green transition a priority in the coming years and help society understand its importance.
According to Eva Truuverk, leader of Rohetiiger, the green transition is as big a social change as the transition to a market economy in the nineties: “During such major changes, everyone in society needs to understand why these processes are taking place and agree on the direction of movement. The current decade must be seen as a window of extraordinary opportunities and challenges. Leaders with a vision have understood this and are already acting today. The best time to talk about these topics and reflect the expectations of entrepreneurs is during the current election debates.”
According to the entrepreneurs, the recent crises have made several politicians and officials move in the right direction and make the necessary decisions, for example, in the field of energy. However, a similar vision, long-term planning, and leadership are needed in all areas.
“The country has decided that by 2030 Estonia must produce at least as much renewable electricity as is consumed in Estonia during the year. This is a good example of an ambitious goal. Similar goals and concrete steps to reach them are also needed in all other areas,” said the head of Utilitas group Priit Koit.
According to the head of Ragn-Sells Kai Realo, a long-term plan is essential to remain competitive in the international market: “As entrepreneurs, we see a unique opportunity to improve our positions during this period of transformation. The customers of our main export markets increasingly expect solutions with a low carbon footprint that support the circular economy, and this creates a unique opportunity to improve the competitiveness and value creation of the Estonian economy”.
The statement was signed by members and partners of Rohetiiger.
Full text of the statement:
Statement of entrepreneurs: the green transition requires will and social agreement
There is a problem in the Estonian information space. The green transition, which is the most important topic of the next decade and on which the future of every person in Estonia depends, still causes a lot of confusion. Many right steps in the right direction have already been taken, but so far there is no common understanding and social agreement on how to move forward at a faster pace.
The fact remains, however, that climate change, loss of biodiversity, and scarcity of resources affect us all, regardless of gender, age, job, or income. These issues do not leave any person, field of activity, or sector unaffected.
The signatory entrepreneurs have not waited for a national mandate to make their operations sustainable. It has been a natural way to adapt to global changes. We are committed to the sustainable development of our companies and organizations every day, we have invested in it, and we are ready to invest in the future. We are ready to offer society solutions.
Likewise, the green transition must become a priority for the next government, Riigikogu, all government institutions, and political parties. The green transition must be emphasized as a topic of national importance, receive all the attention and necessary funding. It must become important for every person in Estonia.
For such a big social change, we need a comprehensive vision, a long-term plan, bold and meaningful leadership, and real problem solving. We experienced an equally large and all-encompassing change when we transitioned to a free market economy in the early nineties. The entire nation supported a similar nationwide goal when we joined NATO and the European Union.
Everything starts with a will. We have enough will. A recent survey by the Government Office confirmed that most people of Estonia already support today the implementation of the green transition. In this light, we also call on the media to amplify the voices of those who seek and offer solutions.
As entrepreneurs, we believe that the green transition is a great opportunity for the Estonian economy and people, and a matter of the country’s international competitiveness. We are certain that the actions taken quickly and managed fairly and thoughtfully will increase the well-being of Estonian people, not the other way around. There is no contradiction between the green transition and development.
We are all responsible for the good fortune, development, and nature of one country, Estonia. We must do it together. A clean, healthy, and life-supporting environment is of primary importance to all of us.
As entrepreneurs, we will go ahead with the green transition and invite others to join us.
|Ettevõtte nimi||Allkirjastaja nimi||Ametikoht|
|CRONIMET Nordic OÜ||Eva Pedjak||Board member|
|AS Tallinna Lennujaam||Riivo Tuvike||Chairman of the board|
|AS Harju Elekter||Tiit Atso||Chairman of the board|
|Lee Restoran OÜ||Kristjan Peäske||Leader|
|Nordic Milk OÜ||Ülo Kivine||Chairman of the board|
|Hundipea OÜ||Markus Hääl||CEO|
|Kaamos Group OÜ||Marek Pohla||Chairman of the board|
|Ragn-Sells AS||Kai Realo||Chairman of the board|
|AS Tallinna Sadam||Valdo Kalm||Chairman of the board|
|Advokaadibüroo Sorainen AS||Karin Madisson||Board member|
|Eesti Metsameister OÜ||Tauno Trink||Board member and CEO|
|OÜ DenEesti||Ryan Jenkins||Board member|
|Scania Eesti AS||Janno Karu||Procuration holder and CEO|
|GreenDice AS||Argo Alaniit||CEO|
|Productinfo24.com OÜ||Tiina Aas||Board member|
|Scandium Kinnisvara||Kalle Aron||Board member|
|Puhastusimport OÜ||Martin Lill||Board member|
|Tallinna Kaubamaja Grupp AS||Raul Puusepp||Board member|
|Telia Eesti||Holger Haljand||Chairman of the board|
|H2Electro OÜ||Henrik Hal||Board member|
|OÜ Vegestar||Peeter Tava||Board member|
|Nordic Spedition OÜ||Rael Tavaste||Board member|
|As Dimedium||Sivar Irval||Chairman of the council|
|AS Estanc||Priit Haldma||CEO|
|ERGO Insurance SE||Marek Ratnik||Board member and CEO|
|Barrus AS||Martti Kork||CEO|
|AS Alexela||Aivo Adamson||Chairman of the board|
|Alexela Varahalduse AS||Marti Hääl||Board member|
|Neste Eesti AS||Dennis Antamo||Chairman of the board|
|Maru Ehitus AS||Margo Dengo||Chairman of the board|
|Bolt Technology OÜ||Martin Villig||Co-founder|
|BiotaTec OÜ||Sirli Sipp Kulli||Board member|
|AS LHV Group||Madis Toomsalu||Chairman of the board|
|Swedbank AS||Olavi Lepp||Chairman of the board|
|Saare Wind Energy OÜ||Kuido Kartau||Board member|
|Energiapartner OÜ||Mikk Saar||Board member|
|Sunly AS||Priit Lepasepp||Chairman of the board|
|Jolos OÜ||Martin Rauam||Board member|
|Agrone OÜ||Margus Muld||Board member|
|Eleon AS||Andres Sõnajalg||Chairman of the board|
|Net Group OÜ||Priit Kongo||CEO|
|AAS “BTA Baltic Insurance Company” Eesti filiaal||Hiljar Kõiv||Head of the branch|
|Peetri Puit OÜ / Arcwood||Tarmo Tamm||Board member|
|Eesti Energia AS||Hando Sutter||Chairman of the board|
|Fotografiska Tallinn||Peeter Pihel||Board member|
|Utilitas OÜ||Priit Koit||Chairman of the board|
|Estonian Business School||Andreas Veispak||Board member|
|Glamox AS||Virve Jõgeva||Chairman of the board|
|Filter AS||Antti Toppi||Board member|
|Äripäev AS||Toomas Truuverk||Board member|
|DeltaE Insenerid OÜ||Marti Arak||Board member|
|Makeitneutral OÜ||Erik Rattasepp||Board member|
|AS Tallinna Vesi||Aleksandr Timofejev||Chairman of the board|
|Mainor Ülemiste AS||Ursel Velve||Board member|
|SEB Pank||Allan Parik||Chairman of the board|
|Reval Auto Esindused||Tomas Tibbing||Board member|
|Al Mare Auto OÜ||Peeter Tiitson||Board member|
|Luminor||Palle Nordahl||Board member|
|Thermory AS||Simmo Soomets||Board member|
|Reitan Convenience Estonia AS||Tiia Ilves||Board member and CEO|
|Rally Estonia||Tarmo Hõbe||Board member|
|Vestman Energia AS||Aivar Berzin||Director|
|Foxway OÜ||Jaan Tähiste||Board member|
|COOP Pank AS||Heikko Mäe||Board member|
|Sustinere OÜ||Maris Ojamuru||Co-founder/Board member|
|IBIS Tallinn Center MK||Elen Kahro||CMO|
|Lindström Group||Kadrian Jaagund||Vice president of Baltics|
|Viru Keskus||Gertti Kogermann||Director|
|YOS OÜ||Magnus Räpp||Board member|
|Pillitöökoda Härmoonik OÜ||Leho Laaser||Director|
|Energiasalv Pakri OÜ||Peep Siitam||Board member|
|Verston OÜ||Raido Randmaa||Business development executive|